This is the 12' "Moody Judy" which was our father's fishing boat. The boat launch is just a sandy beach that you pull your boat off the trailer. Gary has a 9.9 hp motor and we started out into Gran Traverse Bay. There were NO other boats in sight. G T Bay is very shallow the first mile out. Then it starts dropping off. Since we were after Lake Trout & Whitefish we headed out until we hit the 100+ foot deph. Then we started watching the fish finder to find fish!
This is looking at shore one and a half miles off. The water is a little ripply but no whitcaps. Having a small boat , we carefully assess the waves!
Gary has been very successful out here. He caught 9 lake trout in 2 days. He uses 20# braided line for sensitivity and a 4' section of flourocarbon leader with a swivel. We both use a medium action, rather stiff spinning rod because these fish are heavy and can fight. I used my 10# Yo-Zuri hybrid line. The fish are feeding on minnows so the lures are minnow shaped. Here is a picture of some of the lures.
The first lure is a white/chrome Little Cleo, next a white(pearl) Swedish Pimple (Gary's favorite) Size 8 or 9, and the last two are Sand Dusters. The sand duster is a locally made lead lure with a single hook on each end molted into the lead body.
You have to move around with your boat and find the large fish or baitfish on the fish finder screen. Then you try to use the motor to stay vertical over the fish as you lower your lure to them. Gary is good at keeping the boat running in reverse, neutral, or forwards staying right over the fish as long as you can. The fish finder tells you the fish are 6, 10 or whatever feet off bottom. You let your 1 to 1 1/2 oz. lures down over 100 " until it hits bottom. Then you start your jigging motion. It is best to vary the jigging. Sometimes you just bring it up a few feet quickly and let it flutter down under line control. Sometimes you cause it to jig in place. If no bites, you raise it up and let it flutter down. It is hard to guess exactly where your lure is in relation to the fish at say, 14' off bottom. Gary likes to flutter it 1-3' off bottom. The fish are attracted to it and usually hit it on the way down. After 20 minutes of not getting a bite , you move on to find hungry fish or slow learners. We like SPED fish.....
Then, suddenly Gary's rod arches and throbs!
The fish is a big one and takes the drag out. Fighting a fish in 100+ ft of water takes a while. Gary does a great job of adjusting the tension and drag to tire out the fish. Soon it is time for me to put down my pole and get the tangle-free rubber landing net. I don't know how Gary lands these big fish alone.
The fish is now close to the boat and I net the fish head first as I was taught. It won't fit in the net!!! At least the head is in and I lift it into the boat. Gary is having a climax and breathing hard. I stay in my end of the boat until he slows his breathing.